Supreme Court won’t allow Florida to enforce law targeting drag shows during appeal

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Three justices, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, said they would have granted the state’s request.

The Supreme Court said Thursday it will not allow Florida to enforce its new law targeting drag shows, while a court case proceeds.

The Justices refused to narrow a lower-court order that has prohibited the law from being enforced statewide.

Florida had asked the court to allow its anti-drag show law to be enforced everywhere except at the Hamburger Mary’s restaurant in Orlando, which challenged the law’s constitutionality.

Three justices, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, said they would have granted the state’s request.

Last month, a panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s order stopping the law from being enforced. The district court found that the law likely restricted free speech and couldn’t be enforced anywhere in the state.

Hamburger Mary’s regularly hosts drag shows, including family-friendly performances on Sundays that children are invited to attend. The restaurant’s owner said the law was overly broad, was written vaguely and violated First Amendment rights by chilling speech.

The new law championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is running for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, punished venues for allowing children into what it called “adult live performances.” Though it did not mention drag shows specifically, the sponsor of the legislation said it was aimed at those performances.

Venues that violate the law faced fines and the possibility that their liquor licenses would be suspended or revoked. Individuals could be charged with a misdemeanor.

Associated Press


  • Michael K

    November 16, 2023 at 6:10 pm

    Ron should have never picked a fight with drag queens. Justice is served by the radical right wing Court.

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    November 16, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    Good evening America 🇺🇸,
    I, Earl Pitts American, have been assisting all of “The Supremes” with their positioning themselves on this rulling. And we all came to the unanimous agreement that because the Dook 4 Brains Lefty’s in Florida have become so disenchanted with the current political “Looser” status of all they hold near and dear to their twisted evil hearts that we should throw them a bone to keep them all from totally loosing their Dook 4 Brain’s Minds.
    So we decided that this perceived Leftist victory would be enough to “keep them in the game” as we don’t want them to totally withdraw from the political process at this time.
    Our research indicates if we can keep them in the political process that they will all cast their votes for DeSantis on election day by throwing them this bone that fat ugly white dudes can still put on make-up, fake bresteses, size 13 pink pumps, and swing massive dildo’s around while dancing to that old drag standard “I WILL SURVIVE”.
    This golden nugget of “Pure “D” SAGE WISDOM was brought to you courtesy of “THE EARL OF POLITICS”,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Tee Tee Terrezz

      November 16, 2023 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you Earl,
      The deal is done,
      I will keep my end of the bargen and deliver the massive left vote for DeSantis as you know only I can. The deal is done we can all go back to work.
      Are you still coming over tonight Earl?
      Thank you Earl,
      Tee Tee Terrezz the undisputed King of Florida’s Drag Queens

  • PeterH

    November 16, 2023 at 7:53 pm

    DeSantis is a despicable loser on so many fronts……. and he has the audacity to think Floridians are free…… when we all know it’s FREEDUMB!

  • My Take

    November 16, 2023 at 11:50 pm

    Another appeals judge has allowed the big rodent, Trump, to openly insult the fraud trial officials again. Watch for it.

  • Richard Russell

    November 17, 2023 at 11:18 am

    So Florida cities are allowed by the Supreme Court to become as disgusting as Sodom and Gomorrah! Biden’s good friend Xi is laughing his ass off at us. He won’t need to launch a Nuke to take over the USA – he can just sit back and let us destroy our great nation, all by ourselves.

    • Michael K

      November 17, 2023 at 3:38 pm

      The real destruction of our nation is being led by right-wing MAGA extremists intent on destroying democratic norms. Florida’s Gaetz paralyzed the US Congress for three weeks during the Hamas attacks in Israel – and the constant threats and actual government shutdowns have spooked global financial markets and downgraded the credit rating of the United States. Those are the domestic terrorists, not drag queens.

      But you might actually talk with a real drag queen, or go to a drag brunch, a drag queen story hour, or a drag bingo that raises tons of money for charity. Drag brunch is especially popular with bachelorette parties – sometimes, it seems, girls just wanna have fun.

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